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The mod squad

Andrew Sullivan fires back that Rove "forced the massive and truly crippling Medicare prescriptions drug benefit through the Congress, backed two hugely expensive wars, refused to raise any taxes, and presided over an unprecedented rise in domestic discretionary spending. He took a surplus and gave us back a recession and a trillion dollar deficit. He believed that the executive branch had total authority to ignore the laws on torture, and possessed war-powers within the United States with respect to American citizens captured without due process.

"But he is now intent on restraining 'runaway spending and government expansion.'

"The great thing about shamelessness is that in an amnesiac culture, it works."

Whatever Happened To?

Bush 43's nominee to run the Homeland Security department?

"Bernard B. Kerik, a former detective who rose to lead the New York Police Department through the 9/11 attack before his career crumbled in scandal, pleaded guilty Thursday to eight charges including tax fraud and lying to White House officials."

Oh right, that guy.

Pentagon's Media Probe

It was on (in the wake of a NYT story exposing how DOD worked the military pundits), off, and now on again. Raw Story reports:

"The Pentagon's Office of Inspector General is conducting a new investigation into a covert Bush administration Defense Department program that used retired military analysts to produce positive wartime news coverage.

"Last May, the Inspector General's office rescinded and repudiated a prior internal investigation's report on the retired military analyst program, which had been issued by the Bush administration, because it 'did not meet accepted quality standards for an Inspector General work product.' Yet in recent interviews with Raw Story, Pentagon officials who took part in the program were still defending it by referencing this invalidated report.

"Gary Comerford, Inspector General spokesman for the Defense Department, told Raw Story last week that his office is conducting an investigation into the retired military analyst program and confirmed that the investigation began during the summer."

The Power of Pow

The fisticuffs incident at The Washington Post -- I would have had a ringside seat, had I been there -- has spawned all kinds of blog posts about the return of passion and to modern newsrooms. But sometimes a scuffle is just a scuffle, says Post TV critic Hank Stuever:

"What happened on Friday night was scary and sad; it was not enthralling and it did not have a Front Page, golden-era quality of glory."

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